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Virginia Commonwealth University

This fall's program at Boise State University's Visual Arts Center examines the juxtaposition of images from printed instructional manuals and their real-life counterparts and the space they share. We speak with the Center's director about the 'Swimming and Diving' and 'Pulped Under Pressure' exhibits showing now through the end of October.

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Boise State's Visual Arts Center presents new exhibitions.

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Many college students find the challenge of eating responsibly while managing classes, extracurriculars and jobs on a tight budget nearly impossible. Ramen, pizza and assorted junk food usually fill the role as "nutritional intake" for prolonged periods of time.

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The Idaho State Museum closed for renovations in 2014. After a multi-million dollar investment, the museum is scheduled to open October 13 with exhibits highlighting the state's legacy and uniqueness, as well as new exhibits accentuating the heritage of Native Americans from the region. Executive Director Janet Gallimore joins Idaho Matters to talk about the upgrades and what visitors can expect to see.

Arik Grant

Arik Grant was serving a tour of duty in the early years of the Iraq War when he started sketching cartoons of life on the base and posting them in the chow hall. A decade later, Arik pulled out his comics and re-inked them in color. Today, he uses this medium to share his and his fellow soldiers' experiences at war and coming home with a wry humor influenced by M*A*S*H. 

Eric Westrom

In 1897, the U.S. Army wanted to see if bicycles might serve a practical purpose for soldiers. To test the mettle of both the bike and the rider, a trek was organized from Missoula to St. Louis. Lieutenant James Moss led a platoon of Buffalo Soldiers through the wilderness and today, Idaho filmmaker Eric Westrom captures the journey in the documentary Following the Lieutenant: Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps.

  • College students can improve their eating habits.
  • The long-awaited Idaho State Museum re-opening is scheduled for October.
  • Iraq War vet Arik Grant chronicles his experiences in comics.
  • Following the Lieutenant tells the story of bringing bicycles into the Army.

canopywatch.com

Canopy Watch is a guided tree climb at the Idaho Botanical Garden that allows people to learn how to use eco-friendly climbing equipment and get a bird's eye view from the flora of Boise. We meet with the organizers and learn how to swing through the trees.

giraffelaugh.org

The Giraffe Laugh daycare facilities in Boise provide "early care and education to young children by ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures" and refuse to see economic status as an obstacle to quality child care. Giraffe Laugh joins us to discuss the importance of early childhood education and how to make it available to everyone.

Smithsonian Institution

Each year, millions of people around the world depend on the postal service to deliver our letters and packages to loved ones everywhere. As long as you’ve got the right amount of postage on your letter or package, the postal workers will see it to its final destination. As you’ll hear in this episode, a family living in Idaho during the early 20th century tested the limits of this reasoning, when they send a very special parcel through the Post.

  • Giraffe Laugh provides affordable child care for low-income Boiseans.
  • Canopy Watch lets you climb through the trees like a squirrel.
  • Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice reviews the Toronto International Film Festival.

CREDIT: Idaho Statesman

A ruling by the 9th circuit Court of Appeals last week determined the prosecution of homeless people for sleeping in public constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. We drill down into the issue of homeless rights and public safety.

Credit: LED

LED is a multi-media artistic collaborative that marries dance, music and film to create narrative performances. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Lauren Edson and Andrew Stensaas in 2015, they have performed at Treefort and venues throughout the Northwest with filmmaker Kyle Morck. LED joins Idaho Matters in studio to discuss their upcoming show at The Egyptian.

Rita Dixon

Some bats tested positive for rabies last month and for better or worse, this seems to be the only time bats are in the news. Animal resuers are concerned this type of publicity gives bats a bad image. We talk with wildlife and health officials about why we shouldn't fear bats and we meet L'il Wayne, a female silver-haired bat.


  • Court rules the City of Boise can't prosecute homeless people sleeping in public.
  • Idaho’s first-ever guided tree climbing adventure comes to the Idaho Botanical Garden.
  • Bats aren't bad, just misunderstood.

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